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Report: Caris LeVert to make Pacers debut Saturday after kidney-cancer surgery

Pacers wing Caris LeVert

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Caris LeVert #22 of the Indiana Pacers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on February 10, 2021 in New York City. The Nets defeated the Pacers 104-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Caris LeVert’s return to the court was approaching.

But after surgery for from kidney cancer – which was uncovered because he got traded from the Nets to the Pacers – and an initially indefinite timeline for returning, it was hard to believe this day would come so soon.

Yet, it’ll be tomorrow.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

This is great news for LeVert.

Less consequently, the Pacers could really use his playmaking from the wing. Point guard Malcolm Brogdon and big Domantas Sabonis are handling most of Indiana’s shot-creation responsibilities. LeVert’s ball-handling, scoring and passing will be a welcome addition.

Indiana (16-19) is 10th in the East. However, the Pacers are just two games out of fourth place. There’s plenty of room to climb firmly into the playoffs or at least into a better play-in slot.